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Host Family Needed For Teenage Boy From Nigeria

Might you be able to help a 15-year old boy from Nigeria who has been accepted at BUHS for the coming school year? Oche is the recipient of a prestigious Kennedy-Lugar YES scholarship from the U.S. State Department for future leaders of countries with significant Muslim populations and will be attending BUHS this fall.

We are looking for a family who could welcome Oche for about 6 weeks, from August 8 to September 20 or so. Host families provide room and board for the student, as well as support and guidance as he adjusts to life in Vermont. He does not need a separate bedroom, as long as you can provide a bed in a room with a host brother and a place to study. As a YES student, Oche will have a monthly stipend for personal expenses and school lunches, as well as medical insurance.

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Make a Remembrance Flag

Community members are invited to come to Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro on Thursday July 24th from 4-6 p.m. to make a remembrance flag in honor of a loved one who has died. All materials will be provided. Everyone is welcome. These flags are fun and easy to make--no special artistic talent needed! All flags will hang at the Hospice Memorial Garden on Guilford Street during the coming year.

Judy Van Wageningen and Connie Baxter will be your hosts. Refreshments will be on hand to fuel your creativity. Drop-ins are welcomed, but we would appreciate an RSVP call to Joyce at 257-0775 x105 so we can be sure to have enough materials. There is no charge for this event.

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I Dropped The Ball: On Missed Opportunities During Child Rearing

Recently I was hiking with my wife and boy, up Wantastiquet. We made this hike despite knowing that rattlesnakes have been seen on the trail suning themselves.  The chance to hike in nature, despite such risks, is one of the reasons we live here, and not some nature deprived metropolis. 

During this hike, I had a mission; to get up as far as we could in a certain amount of time.

Morgen, my boy, saw water coursing over the trail and down the hillside, in a little stream filled with rocks. "WOW !", he said. Can we explore that stream? Can you come with me?" My instantaneous reply was, " I think you know that we arem't going to do that right now". I had my mission, and it was to hike, and I marched farther up the trail.

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My Son Took This Photo of a UFO Above Brattleboro

I taught my child, who is 7, how to take pictures of UFOs, or UFAUXs. Get them started early, and they will have a craft that can support them for a lifetime.

Anyways, I did teach him this week, and he took this photo today. What more can I say ?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/88361661@N00/14016111666/

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Free Parenting Workshop Offers Valuable Tools to Improve Communications with Teens

Do you want to learn how to problem-solve with your teen, encourage cooperation, how to listen and be heard, and to develop fair and effective discipline skills? On Monday, May 5th from 6 to 9 PM the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) is offering the FREE Parenting Teens Wisely workshop held at the Marlboro College Graduate Center at 28 Vernon Street in Brattleboro. This free three hour workshop teaches parents skills and techniques to help them better understand and deal with children ages 10-19. Participants will learn how to problem-solve and encourage cooperation with their teen and learn to develop fair and effective discipline skills.  

 

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Free Parenting Class: Guiding Good Choices

Come learn the skills to keep your child safe! Guiding Good Choices is a free five-session workshop that aids parents and/ or caregivers of 4th through 8th graders. The course covers how to set clear guidelines with both positive and negative consequences, how to control and express anger constructively, promote family bonds, and prepare kids with "refusal" skills for that time down the road when trouble may tempt them.

For parents/ and or caregivers of 4th through 8th graders. Free five-session workshop.

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Got Tweens & Teens? Free Parenting Teens Wisely Class - March 3rd

Do you want to learn how to problem-solve with your teen, encourage cooperation, how to listen and be heard, and to develop fair and effective discipline skills? On Monday, March 3rd from 6 to 9 PM a FREE
Parenting Teens Wisely
class will be offered by the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro.

This free 3-hour workshop teaches parents skills and techniques to help them better understand and deal with their children ages 10 to 19.

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Holiday Family Photos with Your Pet! - Paws for Prevention

Bring your two-and four-legged friends to Achille Agway on Sunday, December 8th (11am-3pm) in Brattleboro to have a professional photo taken in a nostalgic winter wonderland setting.  Don’t have a pet? That’s OK! This event is for pets, kids, families, friends, couples and more.

Cost: Suggested donation of $20 – proceeds will benefit Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition and Windham County Humane Society.

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Free Parenting Course Begins October 2nd - Childcare is Included

FREE award-winning parenting class, Guiding Good Choices, Wednesdays, from Oct. 2-30.

Guiding Good Choices is a free, five-session workshop that aids parents and/or caregivers of students in grades 4-8. The course covers how to set clear guidelines with both positive and negative consequences, how to control and express anger constructively, promote family bonds, and prepare kids with “refusal” skills for that time down the road when trouble may tempt them.

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Free Parenting Class: Guiding Good Choices

Come learn the skills to keep your child safe! Guiding Good Choices is a free five-session workshop that aids parents and/ or caregivers of 4th through 8th graders. The course covers how to set clear guidelines with both positive and negative consequences, how to control and express anger constructively, promote family bonds, and prepare kids with "refusal" skills for that time down the road when trouble may tempt
them.

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Kids Day at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market

Attention Young Crafters/Bakers/Gardener/Creators! This Saturday, September 7th, is KIDS DAY at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market! Kids are vendors, too-- bring things you've made yourself, but no cookies from mixes or craft kits, please. The Market is open from 9 to 2, outdoors on Rte 9 in West Brattleboro. Produce is beyond bountiful now, with late summer melons and peaches, tomatoes and peppers, epplants and garlic, plus fall crops like fresh apples.

There's something for everyone at the market-- from gorgeous crafts, globe-spanning cuisine, humanely raised meats, artisan cheeses, even local fruit wines and hard cider! Picnic tables, children's play area, and ample parking make the market a really nice destination on a Saturday morning.

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Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents the 15th annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Zhongqiu Jie) which is celebrated in China, Korea, and Vietnam. After Lunar New Year, this is the second most important festival of the year.

This is a traditional time for families to gather and give thanks for the harvest and for harmonious unions. Offerings may be made to Chang'e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality. This is the festival for carrying lanterns and sharing mooncakes. Come celebrate this harvest festival with crafts, stories, songs, food, t’ai chi, martial arts, and the rope tug. Then watch the harvest moon rise. The celebration will start with a pot-luck.

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Strolling of the Heifers Parade Pictures

The Strolling of the Heifers had good weather, to our surprise, and the sunshine resulted in some nice parade pictures, taken by my brother Bill, who is visiting on vacation.

Strolling of the Heifers Cow Character

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Green Mountain Camp – Remembering & Reconnecting Reunion

On Saturday May 18th from 5 to 9 PM, Green Mountain Camp will be celebrating 96 years of memories at their reunion for friends and alumnae! Whether you are 9 or 90, there will be pictures, songs and stories to remind you of your magical time at Green Mountain Camp.

Come see what has changed at the camp and what has stayed the same. It’s a time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones as you enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner, s’mores, and singing around the campfire. During the evening there will be guest appearances by past GMC directors. Tickets are $10 for the evening to benefit the scholarship fund.

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Neighbors: Help Save Kid's Summer Program!

PLEASE ATTEND MEETING: Clark Canal Community Association, Thursday, May 16th  --  6:30 P.M., Agape Church

Each Summer for years, Peggy Longueil directed the program and we all thought she would continue forever. When Peggy died, it was our good fortune that Juanita Lane volunteered to keep the Summer program alive. 

Through the Summer Program, neighbor kids have a place to be active and enjoy planned activities, including movies, swimming, and even did a marvelous job painting a mural at the Brattleboro Transportation Center! 

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